Learn how our team of mentors can help your child love to code while building rock solid fundamentals
Breakout Mentors offers the ultimate personalized Seattle area kids coding education. We started way back in 2011, established by a Stanford Engineering alumni. Come discover how your child can build independence and grit, all while having fun.
Our students learn through making creative projects and video games, not dry textbooks or step-by-step tutorials. Each Seattle area kids coding student is paired with an inspiring mentor who tailors the project-based curriculum, continuously deepening the student’s understanding of coding logic. Schedule a consistent 90-minute session weekly with the same dedicated instructor, either virtually or face-to-face at University of Washington, at a convenient time for your family.
9am – 9pm Pacific Time
Kids Programming Offerings in the Seattle Area
The Coding Fundamentals Track is for beginners still learning to code independently. Many of our 9 to 11 year-olds start with Scratch drag-and-drop coding, especially if they don’t have much previous experience. However, if the student is more excited to jump directly into typing the code, we will adjust the approach. For them, and most middle school students, this track will be completed in Python. The specific programming language used isn’t the primary focus. What’s crucial is a deep understanding of coding logic, mastering the flow of the code with loops, conditionals, variables, and functions. The mentor will also guide students to acquire the many skills necessary to be effective coders, like planning ahead and troubleshooting unexpected issues. And they accomplish all this through game development and fun projects!
Once students have a solid foundation of coding fundamentals, we cover more challenging and powerful programming concepts in our Computer Science Track. They still produce projects and games, this time while learning object-oriented programming, core data structures, recursion, and more. This track is usually completed in Python, but we also offer Java, including with the goal of being ready to enter AP Computer Science.
Our highest achieving students are in our USACO Competitive Programming Academy and Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Academy. These tracks are designed for high school students who have surpassed available school courses and are ready for real-world applications. We also have a handful of exceptionally sharp middle schoolers in these tracks.
Finally, for girls inspired by female role models, we offer the Girls Coding Academy.
Our Seattle Area Kids Coding Mentors
Breakout Mentors offers online coding classes for kids and teenagers across the country and even internationally. Yet, we have seen how powerful it is for students learning to code to work with role models from their own community. That’s why our students in the Seattle area have the option to work with mentors at University of Washington studying Computer Science. Here are a few of the mentors:
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Kids Ages 8-14
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Move past introductory coding classes to advance quickly with a custom curriculum building on your child’s previous experience. Differentiate yourself for STEM college applications with USACO competitive programming accolades and real-world AI projects. Click here to learn how.
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Students and Parents in the Seattle Area
Since 2011, Breakout Mentors has worked with kids and teenagers learning to code in the Seattle area. This includes in the following cities:
- Madison Park
- Mercer Island
What Customers Say
Breakout Mentors was exactly what we were looking for when our 11 year old son asked to learn programming. He connected quickly with his mentor, who has taught him things beyond our knowledge. After his last session, he tried to explain to me some aspect of the programming he just learned and then said ‘I feel so proud of myself.’ We are proud of him too and thankful for Breakout Mentors.Father of 6th grade boy in Redmond
Learning to code helps my son satisfy his curiosity in a way that is creative and fun. The mentor has a collaborative teaching style, giving my son plenty of choice about what project to tackle, and then guiding him through the steps. He answers my son’s questions, and checks in frequently to make sure he understands. With the one-on-one format, the mentor can introduce new concepts at a pace that keeps my son challenged and engaged. At the end of each session, my son is always so excited to show me what he has achieved. A happy kid that is learning, creating, and building confidence – it doesn’t get any better!
Mother of 7th grade boy in Denny-Blaine
The sessions are going really well, the mentor seems to be a good fit. Our son just progressed to USACO (competition programming USA Computing Olympiad) platinum level yesterday. We are glad that we have found Breakout Mentors!
Mother of 15 year old boy in Mercer Island
Frequently Asked Questions
Which computer programming languages do you teach in the Seattle area?
However, the majority of our students want our recommendation for the best programming language for them, which is often Python. It is important we stick with one rather than bounce around, since the language isn’t as important as learning the logic: understanding the flow of the code with loops, conditionals, variables, and functions. The mentor assists with the many critical thinking skills necessary beyond the individual concepts, like planning ahead in game design and troubleshooting when things go wrong.
Do you have a free trial?
At Breakout Mentors the first session is risk free with a satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t feel it is a fit, we will issue a 100% refund. We put a lot of effort into determining the mentor who is the right long-term fit, so want families who are committed to continuing if we deliver a great experience. That’s how we differ from some of our competitors — we don’t advertise a free trial, only to have one teacher do the trial class, then switch to someone else!
How long will it take for my child to become good at coding?
How long does it take to become good at playing the piano? Or doing mathematics? An even tougher question: what is the overall goal of education? In short, everyone learns at different speeds and our goal is to challenge at the perfect pace for each student. That means thinking of it as a long-term goal and understanding the long-term result is worth the effort. We find the more the student achieves in their coding education, the more valuable the sessions become! We are able to move towards intermediate projects with hundreds of lines of code or really dive into a complex CS concept to demonstrate the power and simplicity it provides. So we hope that our students don’t stop learning at an arbitrary point that is “good enough”. However, we also understand the need for external markers and goals. For example, we work with students to be ready for AP CS A or to participate in a coding competition. In these cases, we can drive towards those goals and provide assessments on time estimates.
How long does it take to complete each course?
It varies greatly by student age, experience level, and learning pace. The aim of the tracks is to deeply understand the concepts and problem solving skills required in coding. It isn’t a checkbox curriculum: just a shallow introduction to many concepts. We encourage our mentors and students to extend projects by adding new features and creative touches. This give students the experience of brainstorming, formulating a plan, translating it into code, and troubleshooting. They’ll see the patterns in how to organize code to plan ahead and allow future features. And they’ll finish projects they are proud of, which keeps them motivated to continue learning!
The typical student might spend the first year on the Coding Fundamentals Track and the second year on the Computer Science Track. However, it isn’t a goal to finish quickly. For students who still need more practice with the fundamentals, but can handle more abstract concepts, we can bring some of that in earlier. We have a lot of experience from years of working with students how best to challenge them to keep advancing.
What concepts will my child learn in a Breakout Mentors Seattle area course?
We caution parents to not think of coding concepts in isolation. Too many courses introduce one concept at a time and demonstrate it with short 5 line programs. Learning to code involves the concepts as building blocks, yet the hard part isn’t grasping how that individual building block is used. It is actually putting it into practice and being able to combine it with other concepts to achieve the desired result.
Our students learn all the important coding concepts as they are ready: loops, conditionals, variables, and functions. Arrays and other basic data structures, object-oriented programming, recursion, and more. However, it isn’t a theoretical understanding of these concepts. From day one our students write code from the ground up and start to work on larger code bases. The mentor assists with the many skills necessary beyond the individual concepts, like planning ahead and troubleshooting when things go wrong.
Our Founder | Brian Skinner
When I stepped onto Stanford’s campus as a freshman, I had minimal coding knowledge, and quickly discovered I loved it. Since 2011, our team of impressive mentors has enabled thousands of young kids to dive deep into coding. We are the best choice for long-term in-depth learning that spans months and even years. Our students cultivate a love of coding and jump ahead of their classmates.
We are excited to help your son or daughter too, whether they are experiencing their very first coding lesson in elementary school or are already advanced in high school.
Imagine a future where:
- You no longer have to evaluate the endless coding summer camps, after-school classes, or online tutorials, since you have a trusted mentor to guide your child’s coding education.
- Your child comes home from a school CS class confidently stating how easy it is and that they are the go-to resource for their friends.
- You proudly report to other parents your child’s impressive coding accomplishments outside of school.
- You are completely confident that you’ve equipped your child with technical skills necessary for a future careers dominated by code and AI.
Our goal is to guide your son or daughter’s coding education to master the fundamentals and create fun projects they take pride in.
Are you ready to start your Seattle area kids coding journey?